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Training at IALS Library: Spring term

An introduction to research skills training offered by the IALS Library

Training at IALS Library

Spring term

Dates and booking links for training sessions held in the spring term will be listed on this page.

Anyone who is an IALS Library academic member can take part in spring training, regardless of affiliation or level of study. If you have not joined IALS Libary yet, you can find out how to register here. All of the training listed on this page is free.

Get Dissertation Ready

What does this session cover?

This afternoon of training sessions is aimed at postgraduate law students who are preparing to write a dissertation or thesis. There are three sessions included in the afternoon:

13:00-14:00 Finding legal journal articles for your literature review More info

14:15-15:15 Introduction to citing your sources with OSCOLA More info

15:30-16:30 Formatting your dissertation with MS Word More info

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard are invited to attend this training. Holders of provisional library cards are also welcome to attend.

Where / when does it take place?

All of the spring term 2022 sessions have taken place.

For more help with OSCOLA see our

For more help with Finding legal journal articles, see our finding legal journal articles tutorials

Westlaw and Lexis Library Introductions

What do these sessions cover?

Lexis Library and Westlaw are the key databases you need to master for effective legal research in the UK. We run two introductory online sessions, one covering cases and legislation and the other covering journal articles and foreign & international materials. We highly recommend attending both of the sessions as you are very likely to need to be able to locate all of these materials during the course of your study or research.

At these introductory sessions you will learn how to:

  • choose your database and log in;
  • find UK legislation and cases;
  • find legal journal articles;
  • find foreign / international law materials;
  • search and browse effectively;
  • download your results.

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard. Holders of provisional library cards are also welcome to attend.

Where / when does it take place?

Cases and legislation (Zoom Webinar)

All of the spring 2022 sessions have taken place

One-to-one Reference Advice Appointments

Book a 30 minute one-to-one advice session with an IALS Reference Librarian. Appointments may be offered online.

We can help you with:

  • Finding secondary sources such as books and journal articles
  • Finding primary sources such as cases and legislation
  • Advice on which database to use
  • Constructing effective searches
  • Citing sources using OSCOLA

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard.

Where / when does it take place?

We offer regular appointments Monday to Thursday in the spring and summer terms.

How can I book a place?

Use the online bookings page: https://libcal.ials.sas.ac.uk/appointments